The mammalian central nervous system (CNS) produces behavior by integrating sensory inputs, memories and internal physiological states through a highly sophisticated network of cell-to-cell interactions. Members of our group seek to understand the development and function of neural systems that are essential to combat neurological disease and dysfunction.

Faculty in this research focus area examine basic structural and functional mechanisms underlying sensory processing, multisensory processing, memory formation, neural network rhythmicity and neuromodulation at molecular, cellular and network levels. The work we conduct has clinical implications for neurological disorders such as:

  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness and hearing impairment
  • Neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and HIV-associated dementia
  • Traumatic brain injury
Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Helen R. Clemo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-827-0004

Email: helen.clemo@vcuhealth.org

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Kimberle M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Kimberle M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Kimberle M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Kimberle M. Jacobs, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-827-2135

Email: kimberle.jacobs@vcuhealth.org

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Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Professor

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Pamela E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-628-7570

Email: pamela.knapp@vcuhealth.org

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Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Gretchen N. Neigh (McCandless), Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-628-5152

Email: gretchen.mccandless@vcuhealth.org

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A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

Professor

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

A. Rory McQuiston, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-1573

Email: adam.mcquiston@vcuhealth.org

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M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

Professor

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

M. Alex Meredith, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-9533

Email: marvin.meredith@vcuhealth.org

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John T. Povlishock, PhD

John T. Povlishock, PhD

Professor and Chair

John T. Povlishock, PhD

John T. Povlishock, PhD

Professor and Chair

Anatomy and Neurobiology

Phone: 804-828-9403

Email: john.povlishock@vcuhealth.org

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